Rebirth Grants

Historical marker unveiling by the Iberia African American Historical Society, a Rebirth Grant recipient


The LEH’s Rebirth Grants program supports projects that provide access to the humanities for Louisiana residents. See below for information on two separate grant programs. Applications are now open for both


We will accept applications for 2020 Rebirth and Rebirth PL (for public libraries) Grants from July 1 through August 31, 2020. All submissions will be reviewed following the close of the application period, and award notifications will be made by October 15, 2020.

The LEH will host two information sessions on applying for Rebirth and Rebirth PL Grants, on July 13 and August 5 at 10 a.m. Click here for more information, and to register click here.



LEH Rebirth Grants support programmatic initiatives focused on the humanities. Eligible projects include:

  • free public humanities programs that involve audience participation and discussion, documentary photography, podcast, and radio projects
  • digital humanities projects including websites and online documentation of Louisiana history and culture
  • new and continuing scholarly research about Louisiana
  • assistance with publication projects and humanities-based educational initiatives

Due to the current public health crisis, project proposals that think creatively about how to sustain humanities programming in new ways are particularly welcome.


Grant awards range from $1,000 to $7,000 and should be implemented between November 2020 and December 2021. All Rebirth Grant applicants must demonstrate cost share in cash or in kind.


All applicants must have a certified Louisiana non-profit sponsoring organization with a DUNS number.



Rebirth PL Grants will support Louisiana public libraries’ transition to serving their communities virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds can be used for digital humanities programming, the acquisition of equipment and supplies to bolster virtual capabilities, or a combination of the two.

Suggested uses for these funds include, but are not limited to:

  • Launch virtual humanities programming
  • Adapt in-person humanities programs for online delivery
  • Subscriptions to or training for use of streaming platforms


Grants range from $1,000 to $7,000 and are available only to Louisiana public libraries.

Cost share is not required for Rebirth PL Grants.


All public library applicants must have a DUNS number.



All LEH Rebirth and Rebirth PL Grants are subject to the same review process, which begins with the staff evaluating proposals prior to submitting them to the Grant Review Committee (GRC), which is comprised of LEH board members, staff, and Louisiana scholars. The GRC makes comments in four categories:

  • Strength of humanities content
    • From the National Endowment for the Humanities: “the term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”
  • Outreach strategies
  • Partnerships with institutions, scholars, and other humanities organizations
  • LEH priorities, including incorporation in 64 Parishes magazine, region of the state, and special audiences

For reference, download a PDF of a past Rebirth_Grant_Application.

It is strongly encouraged that potential applicants should read the General Application Guidelines before submitting.

For more information on Rebirth or Rebirth PL Grants, contact Grants Manager Chris Robert at or (504) 620-2639.




Rebirth and Rebirth PL Grants are made possible with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Union Pacific Foundation.


Disclaimer: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by organizations receiving funds do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.